State-funded schools in England can access our fully government-funded NPQs (National Professional Qualifications) to help staff develop and to build internal capacity for improvement. In particular, our new NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture is fully scholarship funded for state-funded schools and the next study cohort begins in February 2022.

The new NPQs

 NPQs have been given a complete overhaul with updated content and materials.

The NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture

This new government-backed qualification trains you to lead successful teacher progression and development at school.

  • Gain a prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Develop expertise and leadership in the art, craft and science of classroom culture, behaviour and wellbeing
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual sessions and local face to face workshops
  • Ideal for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility to lead pupil behaviour and culture and support others in these areas. 

The course covers all of the core content in the government’s Framework for this qualification and this is aligned with core themes around: effective communication, creating change, working with teams, managing yourself. Key areas include:

  • Understanding how to support effective teaching and great classroom culture and behaviour 
  • Supporting wider school culture, pupil wellbeing and complex behavioural needs
  • Professionally developing others, creating change and supporting school culture

Who is this for?

This course is suitable for a wide range of current and future roles, including (but not limited to):

  • Current and aspiring phase leaders
  • Current and aspiring subject leaders
  • Current and aspiring curriculum and assessment leaders
  • Current and aspiring behaviour leaders
  • Current and aspiring wellbeing leaders

Why are people applying for the NPQLBC?

Here’s a selection of real reasons that people are applying for the NPQLBC in recent weeks.

  • “I would like to further my understanding of behaviour in a school and how to link behaviour with current mental health research”
  • “I want to promote equality and to empower students to actively engage in fostering a positive and inclusive environment; both within school and throughout the wider community.”
  • “To further develop my skills in behaviour management”
  • “I am interested in how the culture of a school impacts upon the pupils and their learning. We are always looking at ways to promote positive behaviour so I thought this would be a useful part of my professional development.”
  • “I want to develop my understanding of HOW behaviour policies are implemented”
  • “This course is ideal due to the flexible learning approach which will fit well around my teaching schedule. I want to develop my experience and knowledge in pastoral, behaviour management and wellbeing so that I can better support my students and colleagues”
  • “I have a passion for SEND and want to help children who have challenging behaviour and ensure they still have access to an education.  I also want to help support pupil wellbeing which can also have a massive impact on behaviour.”
  • “I foresee myself applying for a Vice Principal role within the near future. My preference would be within a pastoral role, but I have a good working knowledge of SEND too.”

Studying a TDT NPQ

Our NPQLBC curriculum is underpinned by our values and ethos and crafted around up-to-date, evidenced-based research

Our courses are designed to fit around busy work schedules. Our NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture comprises approximately 56 hours of study:

  • 30hrs online study: reading, watching, listening and engaging in reflection discussion with peers
  • three 4-hour in-person sessions organised in a variety of national locations by our network of local delivery partners
  • nine 1.5hr virtual sessions working with your local cohort of participants and your dedicated, expert facilitator


Our new NPQ in Leading Behaviour & Culture is priced at £889 but this is fully covered by Department for Education scholarships for teachers in state funded schools. You can find out more about DfE scholarships here.

Choosing a provider

The Teacher Development Trust is one of nine approved lead providers licensed to deliver these new qualifications. We’ve partnered with leading organisations such as the NAHT union and Forum Strategy and leading Trusts such as Greenshaw Learning Trust and River Learning Trust and TEAL. All of our NPQs help leaders to create a professionally thriving culture where the continuous development of staff is at the heart of school improvement.

We have partnered with Teaching School Hubs, Trusts, Local Authorities, Universities and leading schools around the country to offer these new qualifications. Find out more and start your journey at

Leading Behaviour, culture and pupil wellbeing
To find out more, please download our NPQLBC brochure